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Sony NEX-5
Mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC) are getting popular these days as they are designed for users who want the form factor of compact cameras, with performance that is as good as the digital SLRs. The NEX-5 is Sony’s first mirrorless interchangable-lens camera in the Alpha series lineup and VR-Zone has the chance to get one in for review. Does it live up to expectations ? Let us take a look.

The Sony Alpha NEX-5 is Sony’s first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, powered by a 14.2-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, 49-segment exposure meter and a 25-point contract detect auto-focus system
At first glance, the Alpha NEX-5’s sleek design comes with a 3-inch tilting LCD panel at 921,000-dot resolution.
The Alpha NEX-5 looks like a worthy competitor against the Micro Four Thirds cameras in the market as it is also to equip different lens using Sony’s proprietary E-mount. The existing Alpha lens can also be fitted with an optional LA-EA1 adapter.

In the retail package of the Sony NEX-5, we have the following:

  • Battery charger
  • Power cord (for the charger)
  • Rechargeable battery
  • USB cable
  • Shoulder strap
  • External flash unit in a case
  • CD with software and instructional manual
  • Lens (dependent on package)
Here’s a look at the specification tablet:
Sony Alpha NEX-5  
Camera Type  Interchangable lens digital camera
Lens Compatibility Sony E-mount lenses
Image Sensor APS-C type (23.4×15.6mm), Exmor APS- HD with CMOS sensor RGB Primary color filters
Megapixels  14.6
Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC memory card
Recording System (Still Image)
Recording Format   JPEG (DCF Ver.2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.2 format), RAW & JPEG
Image Size  3:2 Aspect Ratio – 
L: 4592 x 3056 (14M), M: 3344 x 2224 (7.4M), S: 2288 x 1520 (3.5M)

16:9 Aspect Ratio –
 L: 4592 x 2576 (12M), M: 3344 x 1872 (6.3M), S: 2288 x 1280 (2.9M)

Creative Styles Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness adjustable in +/-3 steps)
Dynamic Range Off, D-Range Optimizer (Auto, Lv 1-5), Auto HDR (Auto Exposure Diff., Adjustable Exposure Diff.: up to 6EV between 1.0EV to 6EV in 1 EV steps) 
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB 
Recording System (Movie)
Recording Format  AVCHD, MPEG-4 
Video Compression  MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
Image Size  AVCHD – 1920×1080 (50i / average bit rate 17Mbps)
MP4 – 1440×1080 (25fps / average bit rate 12Mbps)
VGA – 640×480 (25fps / average bitrate 3Mbps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C. temp./Filter (2500- 9900k with 19-step Magenta/Green compensation) 
Facial Detection Up to 8 faces detectable automatically
Smile Shutter   Selectable from 3 steps
Precision Digital Zoom 1.1x – 10x
Print Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
Focus System and Exposure Control  
Focus Type  Contrast-detect AF with a sensitivity range of EV0-20 (ISO100  equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
Auto-focus Mode  AF-S (Single-shot AF) / AF-C (Continuous AF) selectable
Focus Area    Multi (25 points) / Center / Flexible spot selectable
Other Focusing Features   Predictive control, Focus lock, Built-in AF illuminator (Distance:  approx. 0.3-4.0m with E 16 F2.8 lens, approx. 0.5-3.0m with E  18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS)
Metering System Type  49-zone metering with a sensitivity range of EV0-20 (ISO100  equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
Metering Modes  Multi / Center / Spot selectable
Scene Selection  Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night  portrait, Night View, Hand-held Night Shot
Exposure Bracketing  +/-2.0EV in 1/3EV steps
ISO Sensitivity   AUTO (ISO200-1600?, ISO200 to 12800 selectable (in 1EV  steps, Recommended Exposure Index)
Screen Display 
LCD Monitor Type 7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT, Xtra Fine LCD with TruBlack technology
Total No. Of Dots 921,600 dots
Field Coverage 100% 
Brightness Control Auto / Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2) / Sunny Weather
Adjustable Angle Up by approx. 80 degrees, down by approx. 45 degrees (from the camera back)
Microphone  Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-SST1*5 attachable to Smart Accessory Terminal
Speaker  Built-in, monaural, Volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7
Shutter Type  Electronically controlled, vertical traverse, focal-plane type
Speed  1/4000 to 30 sec, Bulb
Flash Sync Speed  1/160 sec
Shooting Modes  Single-shot, Continuous shooting, Speed-priority continuous shooting, Self-timer, Remote commander
Self Timer  10/2 sec delay selectable, Cont.: with 10 sec delay, 3/5 exposures selectable 
Continuous Shooting FPS  Continuous mode: max. 2.3 fps, Speed-priority continuous mode: max 7 fps
PC  USB2.0 Hi-speed (Mass-storage, PTP)
HD Output  HDMI mini connector (Type-C), BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD
Compatible OS Windows(R) XP SP3, Windows Vista(R) SP2, Windows 7, Mac OS X (v10.3-v10.6

64-bit editions and Starter Edition not supported. Windows Image Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver. 2.0 or greater is necessary to create disks

Type External flash (supplied), attachable to Smart Accessory Terminal
Flash Coverage   16mm (focal length printed on lens body)
Guide No.   7 (in meters at ISO100)
Control   P-TTL metering
Flash Modes  Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.
On/Off selectable for Autoflash and fill-flash mode
Recycle Time Approx 4 seconds 
Power and Size 
Battery Type  One rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
External Power Battery charger BC-VW1(supplied), AC Adaptor AC-PW20AM
Battery Performance  Approx. 330 images (CIPA standard)
Camera Dimensions  110.8 x 58.8 x 38.2mm (without protrusions)
Camera Weight Approx. 287g 
Operating Temperature  0-40°C / 32 deg. F to 104 deg. F

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